INDEPENDENT candidate Paul Halloran has thanked “the voters of Batley & Spen who placed their trust in me”.
He said in a statement: “With just four weeks’ notice and no big party machinery behind me, I received 6,432 votes.
“This figure was more than the Liberal Democrats and both the Brexit and Green parties put together and was one of the best results for an independent candidate in the country. My campaign was built on truths and honesty, a long lost virtue in politics and our campaign team fought a hard and fair election.
“The period of reflection is still ongoing. We are proud to have engaged lots of voters who have either lost faith in the existing main parties or never had trust in them, resulting in never voting before. I thank my family, who sadly had to be witness to numerous slurs and appalling misrepresentations of me. I’m proud that we rose above it with our character and dignity still intact.
“It’s a sad indictment as to how politics in this area is going when someone telling the truth is castigated for dealing in facts, however uncomfortable they may be to some. The forgotten people of the area found their voice over the last four weeks and I implore each and every one of you to continue speaking out. Your children’s and grandchildren’s future depends on it.”